YODER – Faith Anderson, 10, of Yoder, made her state speaking debut recently in front of a host of state officials after being named the winner in the Wyoming State Arbor Day Poster Contest.
Anderson, a home-schooled fourth grader, gave her first public speech in front of Gov. Matt Mead and other Wyoming dignitaries on April 24. The Wyoming State Forestry Division and Wyoming Project Learning Tree (WY PLT) teamed up again this year to host the contest. The annual contest is open to all Wyoming fourth and fifth grade students, including home-schooled, private and public.
When she heard about the poster art contest, Anderson thought it would be fun to enter. The day the call came announcing her as the winner she screamed with excitement, her parents said in a press release.
This year’s theme was “Trees are Terrific for You and Me!” Anderson’s winning picture depicted a cabin in the forest.
“I painted a cabin in the woods because I really enjoy it when my family stays in a cabin in Wyoming’s Snowy Range,” Anderson told the crowd during the awards ceremony at the High Plains Arboretum in Cheyenne. “I really like animals. That is why I painted bunnies, a bear, a squirrel and an owl in my picture.
“Animals make their homes in trees and we build houses and cabins with trees,” she said. “That’s why I think trees are terrific.”
In addition to participating in the celebration and planting a tree with the Governor, Anderson received $100, her framed poster and a plaque.